holiday in sun valley

Celebrate the Holidays in Ketchum & Sun Valley

There's nothing quite like the holiday season here in Ketchum and Sun Valley. Snowy days, twinkling lights, carolers singing, and outdoor recreational opportunities abound as people gather to enjoy Ketchum’s many festive winter and holiday themed events this December. Magical, is a word that often comes to mind. Here’s a look at some of the events not to be missed this month:

City of Ketchum Tree Lighting Ceremony, December 5

Be sure to dress up warm for this spectacular event taking place in the Ketchum Town Square. Let Santa know what you’re wishing for this Christmas or grab a photo with him for your holiday cards. Then warm up with a cup of coco and a delicious holiday cookie.

Winter Kickoff Party at Warfield Distillery, December 8

Sip on a local craft beer as you view a special screening of Level 1 Production’s Zig Zag in support of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center.

Wood River Orchestra Holiday Concert, December 9

Join the Wood River Orchestra for a night of classic holiday music at the Argyros Performing Arts Center. A free family-friendly event!

Sun Valley Tree Lighting Ceremony, December 15

Here in Ketchum and Sun Valley, one tree lighting ceremony is never enough. Head up to the Sun Valley Village at 5:30pm to visit with Santa, view an ice carving demonstration, enjoy live music, hot coco, cookies and more.

The Winter Solstice Soiree, December 21

Find your way to the Ketchum Town Square to celebrate Ketchum’s Dark Sky Reserve with live music by Audio Moonshine, snacks provided by KB’s, cookies and coco provided by the Hailey Coffee Company and more!

The Sun Valley Hallelujah Chorus, December 22 + 23

One of Ketchum’s most beloved holiday events, the Sun Valley Hallelujah Chorus will perform The Promise & Messiah at the Argyros Performing Arts Center. Join in yourself during the sing-along portion of the performance!

Skating in a Winter Wonderland Ice Show & Torchlight Parade, December 24

Before you snuggle in to bed on Christmas Eve, find your way to Sun Valley for one of the area’s most beloved holiday traditions. On Christmas Eve, the “Skating in a Winter Wonderland’ ice show will feature performances by Frank Sweiding, Anita Hartshorn, Ashley Clarke and more with appearances by the Sun Valley Carolers, and of course, Santa Claus. Immediately following the ice show, Dollar Mountain will be aglow with light during the annual Dollar Torchlight Parade and fireworks.

Gallery Walk, December 28

Mix and mingle with artists and friends while viewing thought-provoking ne art exhibitions.

Night Skiing & Fireworks at Dollar Mountain, December 31

Explore Dollar Mountain at night, under the lights, during this once-a-season night skiing event. This event is family-friendly and features music, fireworks, face painting, a photo booth and more.

The Bubbly Bash, December 31

One of the most spectacular ways to ring in the new year in Sun Valley, is at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts annual Bubbly Bash featuring music by DJ Lady Sinclair. A favorite New Year’s Eve event, the Bubbly Bash sells out annually, so be sure to purchase your tickets early!

For a complete schedule of all there is to see and do this December, head over to

For information about Ketchum and the best deals on hotel rooms, look no further than Hotel Ketchum! See our current Ketchum hotel deals and book a room in Ketchum’s newest boutique hotel this holiday season.